2006_09_freedtower5.jpgState and federal agencies may have agreed to lease over a third of the space in Freedom Tower, but it doesn't mean people actually want to work there. The NY Times spoke to prospective employees from agencies who have mixed feelings about going. While some think it would be an honor, one state Department of Transportation employee, Alicia Ferrer who escaped from the World Trade Center on September 11, said:

“If my life depended on it, I couldn’t go there. It would be beyond imaginable to put someone back there. If you had to go back there every day where you know their souls and spirits have to be, I don’t know. I couldn’t do it every single day.”

This comes after Port Authority chairman Anthony Coscia told the Bergen Record that he wouldn't make Port Authority employees work at Freedom Tower: "Twice these people were the subject of that attack, and I am not going to ask them to move into that building. I'll resign, but I won't ask them to move into that building." Well, that's certainly honest. The Port Authority says Coscia actually made those remarks six months ago and that Coscia's "never questioned the safety of Freedom Tower and believes that it is tremendously safe and secure." Interesting - six months ago is before WTC developer Larry Silverstein agreed to Port Authority's terms and conditions about building the Freedom Tower. And the Port Authority is supposed to lease Tower 4 (the Maki tower) in the master plan.

Would you work in Freedom Tower? Officials continue to tout it as the safest building in the world, and the Daily News' Michael Daly says the FBI and CIA should occupy the top floors. And speaking of World Trade Center development, Moody's signed a lease for one third of 7 World Trade Center.